The St. Louis Cardinals play host to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series, a day after rallying for a 3-2 win.
Jaime Garcia will get the ball for St. Louis on Thursday, while Texas counters with Colby Lewis. The lefty Garcia could pose problems for Texas. During the regular season, Texas was 30 games over .500 overall, but just 26-21 vs LHP starters.
In Game 1 on Wednesday night the Cardinals took a 1-0 series lead with a 3-2 victory.
Neither pitcher has thrown against tonight's opponent. Watch for the sharpest World Series odds at 5Dimes where you can often get the best pprice for your baseball wager.
Sportsbooks had installed the Cardinals as -115 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line and shops such as were offering hundreds of fun World Series player prop bets on the game.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 5-ranked Cardinals and the American League No. 1-rated Rangers in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Rangers rank No. 2 in the American League at 9.9 hits per game. That compares with St. Louis’s No. 1 ranking in that category.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the National League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Texas, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -125 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Texas suffered a 3-2 loss against St. Louis on Wednesday, as C.J. Wilson wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 3-1
After playing St. Louis are 1-2
After a loss are 10-0
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 2-2
After playing Texas are 2-1
After a win are 5-5
A few Rangers at Cardinals trends to consider:
Texas is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games
Texas is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of St. Louis' last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 9 games at home
Texas home to St. Louis, Saturday, October 22